How to Drag and Drop Data in Excel 2010

By Greg Harvey

Drag-and-drop is a mouse technique that you can use in Excel 2010 to pick up a cell selection and drop it into a new place on the worksheet. Although drag and drop is primarily a technique for moving cell entries around a worksheet, you can also adapt it to copy a cell selection.

1Select a cell range.

This method works with both a single cell and a contiguous range of cells.

2Position the mouse pointer on one edge of the extended cell cursor that surrounds the cell range.

Your signal that you can start dragging the cell range to its new position in the worksheet is when the pointer changes to a white arrow attached to a smaller, four-headed black arrow.

3Drag your selection to its destination.

Drag your selection by holding down the mouse button while moving the mouse. Drag the outline until it’s positioned on the new cells in the worksheet where you want the entries to appear.

4Release the mouse button.

The cell entries within that range reappear in the new location as soon as you release the mouse button.